Wayne Rooney told reporters they should “ask Everton” why the Premier League club decided to let him leave to join DC United.
The 32-year-old failed to find consistency in an often struggling side, though, and manager Marco Silva and director of football Marcel Brands confirmed in June that the former England captain was in talks with MLS club DC.
“It’s football. Everton is a club I grew up supporting,” Rooney told a news conference.
“I was grateful and delighted to go back there last summer, but in football you never know what’s around the corner and I decided to come here.
“I made the decision to be here, I’m delighted to be here. I’m excited and just looking forward to the first game.”
Rooney joins a side that finished bottom of the Eastern Conference in 2017, and currently occupy the same spot this campaign, but England’s leading goalscorer insists DC are heading in the right direction.
“It’s a league I’ve watched from afar for a couple of years,” he continued.
“And speaking to people at the club over the last few months, I was excited by the project, the new stadium, the new training ground, the team, a young team.
“I’m sure there’s more [big] players going to come in, hopefully that’s the case anyway, and we want to keep trying to build on the team.
Rooney, who missed the final two games of Everton’s season due to injury, is set to make his DC debut against Vancouver Whitecaps in their maiden fixture at Audi Field on July 14.